3 Tips for Caring for Gingivitis During Pregnancy
Having swollen and sore gums while pregnant is also known as pregnancy gingivitis. The change in your hormones causes an increase in the blood flow to your gum tissue, which in return can cause your gums to swell and become sensitive.
Pregnancy gingivitis often becomes more severe during the second trimester. Here are some tips for caring for your swollen gums while pregnant:
- Maintain good dental care
Having good oral hygiene is always necessary, but it’s especially critical during pregnancy. The changes in your hormones can also make it easier for plaque and bacteria to build up. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush—using a rough toothbrush can cause more irritation to your gums. Remember to floss at least once a day to help get rid of any plaque buildup.
If you have morning sickness, it’s important to take care of your teeth after vomiting by immediately rinsing your mouth with water to help wash away the acid. Brush your teeth with an American Dental Association-approved fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your teeth after being exposed to the acid.
- Schedule professional cleanings
Leaving gingivitis unchecked can lead to more serious types of gum disease. Periodontitis is one form of gum disease that can increase the chances of preterm birth. Having a professional check your gums during pregnancy can drastically reduce the risk of gum disease. If you continue to practice good dental care and keep to your routine cleanings, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
- Add more vitamins to your diet
Along with vitamins, it’s important to eat more nutritious foods while pregnant. Sweet potatoes and dairy are a good source of vitamin A, which is essential for strong teeth. Vitamin C, often found in fruits, can help to battle the bacteria that are building up in your mouth. It’s important to pay attention to how much of a certain vitamin you’re taking in during pregnancy. Too much vitamin A or C can upset your stomach or have a negative effect on the pregnancy.
Be sure to contact a dentist if swelling and irritation in your gums seem to worsen during pregnancy or continue after delivery. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions concerning dental health during pregnancy. Give us a call at (303) 759-5652.